Most everyone has watched The Jetsons at one point or another. One of the most iconic moments of the show was the opening where George’s space vehicle folds into a briefcase when he gets to work (those 9-hour work weeks were murder). While we don’t yet have flying cars that can fold into luggage, we will have a smartbike that can fold down to a compact 3ft X 2ft size for easy portability. Tech startup Gi has designed an electric-assisted inner-city bicycle that sports some innovative features such as its ability to be folded and unfolded in a mere 3-seconds for compact storage.
When it comes to mechanical keyboards, users fall into one of two categories- they either love them or hate them, there is no middle ground. Some find the auditory ‘click’ of the keystrokes soothing, while others would rather undergo a root canal than listen to the incessant clacking of the keys. For those that fall in the former group, Metadot has joined forces with design firm d:e to bring the next iteration of their popular keyboard line, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.
I’m sure you’ve sat at a business lunch–one that isn’t going so well–with the scene quickly reimagined as you screaming, “Tell Jabba…” and firing a blaster beneath the table to take our your would be assailant. (Yes, Han shot FIRST.) In December, Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars was auctioned off to an anonymous buyer. The iconic prop fetched $200,000; was slightly worn, slightly dusty and yes, not in the slightest way functional. Some thought this ridiculous, yet it is a movie prop permanently etched in movie history and our minds. The shape sets it apart and for the collectors or sportsmen sci-fi-sters in the audience, a full-blown, laser-firing BlasTech DL-44 HEAVY BLASTER PISTOL would be the ultimate prize. For Bob Boyd, the same holds true and even though we’re not quite there with lasers, his article details the adventure of everything that goes into recreating a live-ammo-firing Han Solo Blaster.
With an impressive portfolio consisting of objects ranging from furniture and lighting to watches and even ‘laptop luggage’, the team of industrial designers, researchers and engineers over at Benjamin Hubert Ltd. are regularly nominated for design awards both in their native Britain as well as internationally. Working specifically with the goal of creating a sustainable alternative to traditional large upholstered furniture, their Pod chair is designed to create acoustical privacy in large shared spaces including offices and hotel lobbies. Using just a thin sheet of molded recycled PET-coated felt and a wood base, the team has created a unique chair design that’s not only comfortable but also functional. In this video from the award-winning product design firm, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how they made it all happen.
Modla is a small 3D printing design studio that creates incredibly ornate, complex and detailed 3d printed art pieces for brands, architects, designers, artists and more. They launched just over a year ago and have already had product launches with Nike, completed an array of 3d printed architecture projects and designed all the signage for the Science Museum’s “3D Printing: The Future” exhibition. Among other projects they also do collaborations with artist. They’ve just launched three that are simply gorgeous examples of what the medium is doing for artists. We caught up with co-founders Jon Fidler and Rich Goddard about the niche they’ve found in 3d printed art collaboration and consulting.
It’s children covered in cardboard boxes, hitting each other with broom sticks taken to the next level. Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is upping the ante on fight entertainment and betting people want to watch fighters shelled in advanced composite, sensor-laden materials battle each other with real weapons. They’re right, we do. UWM has developed the biometric battle armor that provide real-time feedback while fighters wail on each other. It’s all prototypes and entertainment-focused now, but you can also bet military and police are getting dreamy-eyed over these dual-purpose defense/combat-monitoring suits. Here is CEO David Pysden telling about the small team of engineers and designers that are building the combat platform of the future.
You’ve been scratching at your computer screen waiting for the news to drop. Low and behold, HTC has now revealed their latest smartphone, the HTC One (M8) with all the juicy updates you’re likely to want: a bigger screen, more power, dual cameras, expandable storage (128GB MicroSD baby!) and motion gestures for your nubbins. It still has the slick unibody aluminium construction of the One, but with more metal all around doing away with the polycarbonate accents top and bottom. You can get the phone in gray, silver or gold. And, wouldn’t you know it, we have the 3D model for you to move, zoom and spin around right here. Hit it!
Between the new Mod Notebooks that include return postage for digitizing your analog sketches as well as other sketch tools such as the new(ish) Wacom Cintiq Companion, designers and engineers looking to get their ideas on ‘paper’ have never had as many options for getting their ideas out there as they do today. Perhaps one of the bigger jumps out of the traditional analog sketchbook however is the new Gravity 3D Sketching pad that uses augmented reality to bring your ‘napkin sketches’ to life.
What would you do without coffee? It made my skin nearly crawl off itself just writing that. It cannot be fathomed. Since we’ve snorted beans straight from a bag, inventors have been scheming better, faster ways to get coffee delivered into the system. I’m convinced we’ll have IV coffee shots, but until then there’s the single-serve brewers making mornings enjoyable. What if you don’t have a fancy pod poppin’ coffee machine though? What if you’re in an office with a regular old coffee brewer? The K-pod Coffee Converter takes care of that, turning any coffee maker into single-serving coffee delivering beast.
The 2014 Geneva Autoshow is in full swing this week and one of the most hyped announcements is that of Apple integrating their user experience into a variety of cars starting later this year called CarPlay. So far we’ve only seen the UE in pictures, but as part of the announcement for their new XC90 SUV, Volvo released this teaser video that shows a (as expected) ‘Her‘-like experience on your dashboard that uses your iPhone to power the system. Could this be the beginning of the end for third-party GPS units and stereo decks?